North Long Beach preschoolers get a Christmas surprise

More than 100 kids from the YMCA 70th Street Preschool in North Long Beach were surprised with toys collected by Councilman Rex Richardson’s office on Thursday morning.

The toys were raised through Richardson’s annual holiday party with the North Long Beach Neighborhood Association at his home this month, where his guests donate unwrapped toys, he said.

Richardson’s team usually donates the toys to the Pools of Hope toy drive, but this year they got twice the amount they needed, so they donated about 110 toys to the preschool.

His 4-year-old daughter Alina helped Richardson play Santa Claus to the kids by handing out the toys.

“I wanted her to be a part of this,” Richardson said. “She’s learning that a big part of the holidays is sharing.”

Support our journalism.

Hyperlocal news is an essential force in our democracy, but it costs money to keep an organization like this one alive, and we can’t rely on advertiser support alone. That’s why we’re asking readers like you to support our independent, fact-based journalism. We know you like it—that’s why you’re here. Help us keep hyperlocal news alive in Long Beach.

Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.